New York City in the 1850s
By the 1850s, New York City’s ports handled more goods and people than all other American ports combined. In 1855, Fernando Wood was elected as the first mayor.
Bird's Eye View of New York City
A dramatic aerial perspective above Manhattan, showing the rapid change of the city’s skyline and landscape.
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A Visual History of Mannahatta to New Amsterdam up to Present Day.
Learn about NYC’s fascinating past and explore the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.